Overview - What photography are you interested in? Are you a blogger looking for loads of great content, Instagram addict wanting to up your likes, an Etsy seller aiming for better product shots or just think it's about time you got better use of the camera for better landscapes and shots of the family. We look at the ways that your camera can help you achieve your individual goals. Introduce shooting on Auto settings, RAW vs JPEG and set task for shooting on Auto.
Aperture Priority - plus introduction to focus and ISO. Look at shots taken for homework and discuss com-positional rules, e.g. foreground, middle ground and background, rule of thirds, when to use and when to avoid the centre. Introduction to Light-room. Levels, contrast, colour balance, intro to histograms, tonal balance. Introduce Aperture Priority, set task for shooting with Aperture Priority.
Shutter Priority - Review aperture priority images and discuss different effects of blurring backgrounds, circles of confusion (bokeh) and deep depth of field. Introduction to focal lengths and their main uses, wide lens landscapes and cityscapes, 50mm documentary and street, and long lens portraits and sports with mention of architectural lenses, converging verticals and ways of correcting in Lightroom. Introduce Shutter Priority, set task for shooting shutter priority noting use of tripod for longer shutter speeds. Set assignment to show use of both long and short shutter speeds.
Long Exposures - freezing the action. Look at homework and discuss effects of short and long exposures. Learn how to achieve colourful traffic trails, great fireworks shots, moody nightscapes and also how to freeze action, shoot sports and introduce blur to suggest movement (including intro to panning). Look at ND filters and long exposure water and skies. Set long exposure as homework.
Introduction to portraiture - Review long exposures shots from week 4. Introduction to Photoshop for cloning and retouching. Discuss the different types of portraits such as formal, environmental and candid; discuss the intention of the picture and the camera techniques and how to get the most out of posing and expressions. Set window lit portrait assignment.
Introduction to lighting - View window lit portraits and discuss the DIY home studio and how to use everyday household objects to create great lighting effects. Windows, newspapers, desk lamps, bed sheets, paint pots and broom handles can all be used to create a home studio and kick-start a passion in studio photography, shooting everything from portraits to still life and product shots. Set studio still life assignment.
Street photography - discussion of different approaches to shooting in an urban environment, such as photojournalism and news gathering, artistic cityscapes and detail shots. Work out different strategies for photographing strangers, and finding the shot that encapsulates a busy event like a protest or parade. Set street assignment.
Understanding your photographic style - Review shots taken in the street. Discuss photographic style and what make us able to tell one photographer's work from another. Look at methods of post production on Lightroom and discuss/view filters. Pull best shots together into an individual portfolio.
*You need to bring along a bridge or DSLR camera.
*Saturday Class* Please note that there will be no class on 30th September. Due to this, classes from 26th August (2nd week) will run from 9.40am to 12pm. This means the course will now be over 7 weeks.